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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 1999
This is an essential read for anyone who has ever travelled or heard music (that's all of you, I hope). "Rock in Hard Places" brilliantly details Mr. Mueller's journeys to the remotest regions of the world, his interactions with both modern day music legends (U2, Radiohead) and inarticulate, wholly useless bands (He manages to make the hilarious Def Leppard chapter an enjoyable read even though the subjest matter is horrendous)and his encounters with anything but average people from different lands. This decidedly eclectic mix of subject matter remains fascinating throughout the book. P.J. O'Rourke (who writes the forward) was never this good on even his best day. Buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2000
Just the funniest thing- particularly good if you're finding PJ O'Rourke a bit obsessed with economics these days and like writers who have a prediliction for getting themselves into trouble. There's something to snort at on almost every page- fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 November 2011
A travel book that looks back at a more innocent time with wry and perceptive observations.

His story about being sent to Afghanistan in the late 1990s is a classic of muddle-headed London hipness.
The updated version is worth getting just for reasons of contrast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2010
I love this book - I already had the 2000 edition and bought this new one as I was interested to read the author's updated notes. I don't regret buying the book again - I found it as engaging, thought-provoking and hilarious as ever. Mueller has a sharp eye for the absurd, but is not just a cynic - there's a heartfelt enthusiasm apparent in all these pieces. I like that he doesn't resort to simply mocking easy targets for cheap laughs; rather he always seems to be searching for a connection, a point of empathy - and this is what (to me) makes his writing stand out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2010
I loved this book - Mueller is just the sort of wisecracking, smart (and occasionally smart-arsed) chap you'd want to share an adventure with. And the book is full of laughs, but you'll also learn a lot too, ranging from what it's like to have The Cure's Robert Smith try to climb up you when he's drunk, but a little bit of politics, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2012
Very funny collection of essays detailing the author's adventures across the globe, from putting on country and western gigs in Albania to sitting in a cave in Africa with Def Leppard (as horrendous as it sounds). If you like music and you like travel writing then blah blah blah etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
These are reviews of the the first version of R&HP - published in 2000. Not enough people purchased it although it is a masterpiece! This version is much better - more goss and nicer things said about his family and friends! Beaut new cover too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 1999
Quite simply one of the most insightful, articulate and engaging books ever written.
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